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President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump continues to frustrate Washington press corp by the questioners he picks


As President Trump holds more joint press conferences, he continues to field questions from news outlets that in past administrations didn't get called upon on the national stage. The winners have ranged from local broadcasters to conservative media outlets that openly support the president.

For instance, during Wednesday's press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump took questions from TownHall and Christian Broadcasting Network with the Michael Flynn scandal looming.

TownHall bills itself as the "top source for conservative news." Reporter Katie Pavlich asked about possible changes to the Iran deal.

The Christian Broadcasting Network is another prolific conservative news source. The network's reporter asked about both the Flynn scandal and Israeli settlements.

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Earlier this week, Trump took a question from a local TV reporter for WJLA in Washington, the ABC affiliate owned by Circa's parent Sinclair Broadcast Group. That reporter, Scott Thuman, asked about sharp policy differences between Canada and the U.S., with both country's leaders present.

Sinclair's Vice President for News Scott Livingston said the company's news reporters don't have a point of view, and that the question Thuman asked about U.S. differences on immigration and healthcare is one people who live outside the Beltway care about.

Trump's choices have frustrated other outlets. 

Trump supporters, meanwhile, like the way he's handled questions.

The practice also extends to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's daily briefings. Spicer introduced "Skype seats" where news outlets from outside the Washington, D.C. area can ask questions. However, these seats have been occasionally used for conservative talk show hosts.

Pointedly, Spicer gave the first question at a January press briefing to LifeZette, a conservative site founded by conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham. 

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